F-35 firing its gun pod
The F-35 Lightning II is a stealthy, multi-role fighter aircraft developed by the United States. It is equipped with a variety of weapons, including air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground missiles, and precision-guided bombs. The F-35 also has a gun pod, which is a removable, 25mm cannon that can be mounted on the aircraft’s centerline.
The gun pod, officially known as the GAU-22/A, is a lightweight, four-barrel cannon that is capable of firing up to 3,300 rounds per minute. It is designed to provide close-in, high-rate-of-fire support for the F-35 when engaging enemy aircraft or ground targets.
To fire the gun pod, the F-35 pilot must first select the cannon as the desired weapon, and then aim the aircraft at the target. Once the target is in range and within the gun’s firing envelope, the pilot can pull the trigger to engage the weapon.
It is worth noting that while the F-35 is capable of firing its gun pod, the cannon is not intended to be the primary weapon on the aircraft. Instead, the F-35 is designed to rely primarily on its advanced sensors, stealth features, and precision-guided weapons to engage targets at long range. The gun pod is intended to be a backup weapon for use in close-in engagements where other weapons may not be practical.